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6/15/05 State agencies pledge pace-setting energy plan
California agencies crafting the second iteration of a statewide Energy Action Plan are promising to incorporate path-breaking policies not usually reserved for state action -- transportation fuels, auto tailpipe emissions and government responses to climate change. The plan, known as the EAP II, is a joint effort of the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission. The initial effort in 2003 led to a policy promoting energy efficiency, renewable resources and clean-power projects as the "loading order" for new resource additions in the Golden State.

5/31/05 California cities explore variety of options for energy independence
Still reeling from cost impacts of the Western power crisis of 2000-01 and stymied by investor-owned utility opposition to full-blown municipalization of electric distribution systems, California cities and communities are exploring a range of options to achieve greater local control over power prices and decisions. At one end of the spectrum, these options include joining with existing public-power entities or developing "greenfield" utility districts on lands not previously served by the IOUs. While avoiding many of the legal pitfalls of municipal condemnation, these efforts may still raise considerable opposition from the incumbent utilities.

5/27/05 Critics take aim at Gov. Schwarzenegger's streamlining plan
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed consolidation of several California energy agencies into a new Department of Energy encountered skepticism and opposition during a hearing here this week by a state government-efficiency commission.

5/18/05 CalFed facing widening financial, legislative woes
California lawmakers have thrown down a gauntlet at the feet of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on future funding for a consortium of 25 state and federal agencies dedicated to improving water quality and delivery infrastructure in the critical Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta region.

5/05/05 Calif. agencies say 'no time to waste' on major projects
The Association of California Water Agencies unveiled a 12-point proposal yesterday to spur new state investments in water infrastructure, clarify state and local responsibilities for flood control, and eliminate bureaucratic barriers to water transfers and desalination projects. The document, called "No Time to Waste: A Blueprint for California Water," calls on elected officials and policymakers to act on an emergency basis to reduce risks to the state's water supplies and environment.

05/02/05 Calif. officials consider cap and trade for greenhouse gases
Frustrated by the lack of federal action to control emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, California officials are considering a state program for mandatory limits and trading of carbon emissions offsets. While the concept currently lacks a specific legislative or policy vehicle, various carbon cap-and-trade schemes are being investigated by the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission.

04/21/05 PG&E clean energy fund makes first investment
The Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), backed by $30 million from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. shareholders, has made its first investment, in a technology company that uses expertise and products developed for space exploration to solve environmental and energy problems. The fund's $2 million investment in SpectraSensors of San Dimas, Calif., was orchestrated by Nth Power, an energy venture capital firm here that recently signed on as one of CalCEF's three independent investment managers. The fund and Nth Power will each contribute half the funding.

04/21/05 CPUC chief questions massive power line project
The president of the California Public Utilities Commission raised concerns this week about the environmental effects of a recently proposed high-voltage electric transmission line that could direct up to 6,000 megawatts of coal-based power from Wyoming to California. "I don't believe this power should come from coal, unless that coal is extremely clean," said Michael Peevey during a speech Tuesday to the California Climate Action Registry's annual conference in Oakland.

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